Best Spring Cleaning Tips
After a long winter of being closed-up and lived-in, all houses could use a little spring cleaning. To really brighten up a house, you need to do more than just dust and vacuum. Easy to miss spots like the washing machine, the shower, and the dresser drawers need attention too. With these great spring cleaning tips, you can turn any musty winter house into a sparkling spring home!
1. Clean up Corners:
As often as you may clean floors and other surfaces, dust tends to gather in tricky areas like the corners of your trim and molding. To clean painted woodwork, mix a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 gallon of lukewarm water, and go over your trim with a cloth. The best part about this solution is that there’s no rinsing is necessary!
2. Give the Shower a Bath:
Don’t just wash the insides of the tub and shower walls. Mold tends to grow on the shower curtains as well. Clean vinyl shower curtains without taking them down by wiping them with a sponge dampened with white vinegar.
3. Wash the Washing Machine:
Like the shower, washing machines spend a lot of time getting wet, so they are an ideal place for mold to grow. Give your washing machine an annual cleaning by filling it with hot water, adding a quart of white vinegar, and running the machine through the wash and rinse cycles.
4. Make the Dishwasher Dish-safe:
You know the expression “clean enough to eat off of?” That’s how you want your dishwasher to be. To clean a dishwasher, place a bowl containing 2 cups of vinegar on the bottom rack, leaving all the racks in place (but emptied of dishes!). Run the dishwasher through the wash and rinse cycles only. The vinegar will splash about inside, cleaning the whole thing.
5. Freshen up Dirty Drawers: Because they seldom get fresh air, drawers, closets, and other enclosed spaces can get to smelling stale. Get rid of musty odors in drawers, closets, or rooms by placing a small container of scented cat litter in the affected area. Refresh the litter every few days until the odor is gone.
Remember, a clean home is a happy home!